AirTalk for January 21, 2011

What makes us unique?

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By V.S. Ramachandran

The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human

The human animal is unique among his brother and sister creatures here on Earth. Our powerful brain is the complex mechanism that sets us apart, allows us to turn experience into metaphor, to empathize, to pass on culture, to ask why. But how does the brain do all of this? What neural mechanisms underlie our ability to experience pain at the mere sight of another’s suffering? V.S. Ramachandran, one of the most daring and original neuroscientists of our time, explores that question and many others in his new book, utilizing the latest advances in his field to help us gain a deeper understanding of our own uniqueness and how it plays out in our daily lives.

Guest:

V.S. Ramachandran, author of The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human, the director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, Distinguished Professor with the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego, and adjunct professor of biology at the Salk Institute


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